By Joe Bachman
A 24-year-old man plead guilty to charges of battery and disorderly conduct after police say he punched a family member repeatedly in the face and threatened further harm by a firearm.
Ryan Waupoose, of Wisconsin Rapids, was found guilty of battery and disorderly conduct on Tuesday, Mar. 2, after a no contest plea. According to police reports, on Apr. 14, 2015, a call was made from the 900 block of 2nd Ave. South regarding a domestic disturbance.
The complainant informed police that she was in an argument with Waupoose over the phone, and when he came home, he allegedly punched her in the face multiple times, and then picked her up by the neck and brought her to her feet. Waupoose threatened the family member by stating that he had a loaded gun in the residence and that he would harm her if she left.
The complainant escaped to a hospital to be treated for her wounds, where she informed staff that she fell down a flight of stairs. The complainant was picked up by a friend and taken back to her residence where Waupoose was still at. Waupoose made further threats to the complainant while she remained her friend’s vehicle, afraid to go inside of the house.
The complainant called 911 at the time and officers arrived on the scene to speak with the complainant and her friend.
Ryan Waupoose was convicted of battery and disorderly conduct, and received seven years probation in total, as well as required counseling.